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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Congress knew about bonuses for soldiers

Congress knew for two years about the Pentagon’s plan to take back reenlistment bonuses California soldiers earned for signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan — but it failed to do anything to stop it, officials said.

The California National Guard told Congress about the issue in 2014 and offered up a plan that would have helped solve part of the problem, Andreas Mueller, the chief of federal policy for the state’s guard, wrote in a new Monday letter to California’s congress members.

It’s not clear if Congress understood the severity and the scope of the problem at the time, since the body took no action, the Los Angeles Times reported.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Trump 2012 on deporting many undocumented immigrants: 'I don't believe in that'

(CNN) Just four years ago, Donald Trump took a drastically different position on what is now his central issue: deporting undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Since he announced his candidacy last June, Trump has promised to build a wall on the US border with Mexico and at various times said he would, as president, deport all or many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. However, in an June 2012 interview with CNBC's Squawk Box reviewed by CNN's KFile, Trump said he didn't believe in deporting undocumented immigrants who, he said, "had done a great job."

Asked about his views on immigrant labor, Trump said, "You know my views on it and I'm not necessarily, I think I'm probably down the middle on that also. Because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they've done a great job, they've done wonderfully, they've gone to school, they've gotten good marks, they're productive — now we're supposed to send them out of the country, I don't believe in that, Michelle, and you understand that. I
don't believe in a lot things that are being said."

Trump's comments came in the context of a discussion of the Supreme Court's decision a day before on the state of Arizona's tough immigration law. Trump said "both sides lost" in the ruling, which struck down key parts of the law but upheld a part of the law allowing law enforcement to check the immigration status of a person when enforcing other laws.

A Trump campaign spokesperson did not return a request for comment. (Continues)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton has major lead over Trump in poll taken days after final debate

Hillary Clinton carved out a "yuge" 12-point lead over Donald Trump just 16 days before the election, a new poll out Sunday showed.

Clinton, just days removed from another strong debate performance, leads her Republican opponent 50%-38% in a four-way race, according to the latest ABC News tracking poll.

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson got 5% support in the poll, while Green Party Jill Stein nominee got 2%.

Clinton's level of support, however, is the highest of any survey taken by ABC News over the course of the general election, while Trump's is his lowest.

The poll, taken Oct. 20-22 of 1,391 likely voters, comes just days after the third and final debate between Trump and Clinton, a face-off that pundits widely dubbed a Clinton victory.

Various state-wide polls taken in the days since the debate also show that the race has tightened even in the reliably GOP stronghold of Texas, following Clinton's large ad buy in the state last week. (Continues)

THIS IS IT! This is the WORSE of all the embarrassing situations Republican INEPT CANDIDATE Donald Trump has put us in!

For the first time ever, the Organization of American States (OAS) will monitor the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, putting the United States in the same league as Haiti and other politically-volatile Latin American countries.
That’s largely thanks to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Following his recent downward slide in the polls, he’s been stepping up claims that the Nov. 8 elections will be rigged, calling into question the very legitimacy of U.S. democracy.
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By threatening to violate the basic democratic principle of respecting the electoral outcome whether his ticket wins or loses, Trump is attacking democracy itself. The OAS mission to observe the U.S. election — and the fact that many of us are welcoming it — is just the latest reminder of how low this populist demagogue has already dragged the country.  (FULL STORY)